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Rental and housing assistance Ouachita Parish.

A number of housing assistance programs in Ouachita Parish help the low income. There is emergency rental assistance, homeless shelters, grants to pay a security deposit or moving costs as well as other forms of assistance. Find where to go, and how to apply for help paying rent or other housing expenses in the Monroe Louisiana region.

Many of the housing programs are run by the Wellspring Alliance for Families, but other churches, charities as well as the local government in Monroe may help. Some agencies offer grants or loans for paying back rent. Other organizations may offer free legal aid to help stop evictions, rent subsidized and income based apartments from section 8 housing vouchers, money to pay for security deposits, and more. Each organization listed below offers its own form of short or long term housing assistance and/or emergency rental assistance programs.

CCM - Christian Community Ministries
322 Harrison Street
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Telephone number is (318) 325-8467
Basic needs, homeless shelter, furniture, and referrals to housing or rent programs may be offered.

Ouachita Parish Housing Choice Voucher (section 8) are offered from two separate agencies. This is income based housing (apartments, condos, private homes), in which the federal government will help pay a portion of rent based on the applicant’s income. There is also help with buying a home, case management, job programs, and other aid in addition to the section 8 vouchers. Disabled and senior citizens often get priority to rent or utility help.

  • West Monroe City Section 8 Housing, 211 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291. Call (318) 699-0575
  • Ouachita Parish Housing Authority is another application site. The location is 24 Accent Drive, Suite 151, Monroe LA 71202. Phone 318-326-3414.




Grace Place Ministries
Address is 1600 Jackson St
Monroe, Louisiana 71202
(318) 361-9702

OMCAP – Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program
1517 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Phone number is (318) 340-9677
Housing assistance includes ESG grants for rent or LIHEAP, eviction prevention, case management, applications to public aid and more. More information on rent help from Ouachita Parish community action.

Ouachita Parish Office of Family Support
Main location is 1306 North 19th Street
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Telephone is (318) 362-5333
Cash aid from FTAP. The electronic card could be used to help pay rent in approved housing. Any housing resources are combined with Strategies to Empower People Program (STEP).

Homeless Shelter at Christopher Youth Center
Location is 205 Smith Avenue
Monroe Louisiana 71203
Phone number is 318-343-8336
Safe Place Outreach is a shelter for runaway youth and teens. Food, clothes, showers, a bed to sleep in, and other help is offered from the shelter.

Louisiana Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries
Transitional housing program – Call 318-343-2244
Single or two parent moms can use this transitional housing program. There is Residential Family Care, Christian mentoring, information on applying for grants or loans for bills or rent, job training, and additional support.





Ouachita Parish United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development - Rural Housing Services
2410 Old Sterlington Rd
Monroe, Louisiana 71203
Phone: (318) 343-4467
Assistance from USDA Rural Housing Services includes loan guarantees, grants, home repairs to seniors or the disabled, low cost housing and other aid.

Wellspring Alliance for Families – Monroe. Veterans and military members can get help from Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). It combines shelters, transitional or permanent housing along with financial help for paying bills. Federal grants can help with rent, security deposits, storage fees, utility bills or connection costs and other expenses. There is also free Housing Counseling as well as home search programs.

There are also offer housing programs run by the Wellspring Alliance for Families. One example is the Ouachita Parish Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (RRR) service. It can pay for rent, mortgages, and job programs. The goal is to help people find and stay in a home over the short and long term. The disabled (physical or mental) can also try the Permanent & Transitional Housing (P&TH), which offers legal aid, financial help for rent or deposits, SSI applications and additional housing assistance. Dial 318-325-1543 for information on PATH.

The main office of Wellspring Alliance for Families is at 400 Hart Street, Monroe LA 71201. Or call 318-807-6200.

Family Promise of Ouachita - A homeless shelter is on site. The location is 100 South Second Street, West Monroe, LA 71291. They also assist with permanent housing placement. Call 318-654-4101.

Salvation Army of Ouachita Parish
Social service and thrift store address - 105 Hart St
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Main Phone: (318) 325-1755
Programs include low cost or free furniture., emergency help for utilities or rent, shelter, case management, details on rehousing, grants and other financial aid.

Legal Aid of North Louisiana and Ouachita Parish
Location is 3016 Cameron St.
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Main number is (318) 699-0889
Attorneys give free legal aid to the low income, poor, and elderly. Get eviction defense help, assistance in applying for low cost or free government housing or rent programs, support in dealing with housing discrimination, and other free help from attorneys.

By Jon McNamara

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